Dewasiri responds to Vasu

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Responding to Democratic Left Front (DLF) leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri yesterday said that Mr. Nanayakkara’s assessment that the May Day attack would have been expected implies that he too expected his supporters to react in a violent manner to opposing views.

“I don’t know how he knows what my intentions of attending the rally were, but if he is saying I should have expected the attack then what he is indirectly saying is that he is aware of the forces that he is mobilizing, and how their supporters react to their opponents”, “ he said.

“Mr. Nanayakkara said that I had a habit of labelling political movements and the Rajapaksa followers as a fascist movement, but by saying that I should expect attacks, he is indirectly admitting this. He knows that the Mahinda supporters have a habit of attacking their supporters. What does this mean? It means that it does not have a key democratic trait, that of tolerating the views of your opponent” he said

Mr. Dewasiri further stated that his method was to attend public meetings of his political opponents and take issue with them at such gatherings but was never once assaulted.

“I have been attending public meetings of my opponents since I was 16. I attended a JVP rally at the time I was anti JVP and even argued with full time members of the JVP on conflicting views. That is my way of doing politics,” he said.

He expressed regret over the comment made by the left wing leader, stating that he had worked closely with him for many years and expected a more genuine condemnation.

“He is almost sanctioning this attack, he has said to look into the issue, but they must actually condemn it without saying I should or would expect violence for expressing my views. I have been doing politics with Vasudeva from the late eighties and worked closely with him since 1994. I was even the editor of his newspaper. I have great respect towards him, but I am really sorry to hear these kinds of comments coming from him” he said.

He added that Mr. Nanayakkara was sending a very ‘interesting’ political message that one should not attend meetings of one’s political opponents. (Jehan Gunasekara)

  Comments - 20

  • frank hilary Friday, 08 May 2015 10:45 AM

    A very balanced and a rather decent reply. Its verysad to see this senior politician Vasudeva stoopingto such low levels in politics.

    Mason Friday, 08 May 2015 10:50 AM

    Vasudeva Nanayakara is a torch bearer of Mahinda Rajapakse camp. He therefore obviously expresses the opinion of his leader. Needless to mention the treatment meted out to one time Chairman Srilankan Airlines - Peter Hill, Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka, former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake and there may be many more, for opposing views.You therefore, now, cannot expect genuine feelings from Vasu on matters, because he is no more the one people knew years ago.Left wingers take note.

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:31 AM

    Vasu is a spent force with even the force spent being of no use to the Nation as a whole; apart from the rhetoric. Unlike him Dr. Dewasiri is an intellectual social activist with really genuine intentions and efforts. We wish him all the best.

    Voter Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:28 AM

    There are no Left Leaders now . They are only in name as they have got the taste of the perks enjoyed under the deposed King.You cant compare Vasu Vitarana Dew Dinesh and others with the genuine NMColvin Peter Keuneman SAW amongst others. via DM Android App

    polished Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:32 AM

    We need educated intelligent people in govt.not idiots like Vasudeva and weerawanse

    Ranjith Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:44 AM

    Vasudeva is a insulting working class by supporting moves to bring back MR and is a disgrace to the left movement.

    sacre blieu Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:56 AM

    The left in modern politics were been left behind. Their only hope , to enjoy all the perks , political power,etc., were to join the previous regime. And this led them to obtain many positions and unlimited privileges becoming a slave to the previous government. And then the strategy was to pummel society to submission in cunning moves. The collapse of the Soviet Union was due to higher ups selfishly giving themselves all opportunities and privileges, and been involved in corruption and waste, while denying the rest of their reasonable dues. Everything anti-social were allowed to go by default.

    srian Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:57 AM

    How can educated , intelligent persons get elected , when they get assaulted by political thugs!!

    onlooker Friday, 08 May 2015 11:14 AM

    Vasu has all his life been a Pina

    Damien Friday, 08 May 2015 11:19 AM

    What would happen if a voiceforous critic of the government attended the UNP may day rally? Its nothing to do with rajapakse supporters its to do with the banana state of our republic

    upali Friday, 08 May 2015 11:25 AM

    Vasu has got used to the perks of office and is no longer the left activists. He is a capitalist stooge who would stoop down to anything to enjoy privileges of office

    kamalhot1 Friday, 08 May 2015 11:28 AM

    Wasudeva is having cracked brain now. Talking nonsense as Wimal Weerawansa. Will teach these bulls a lesson at the election.

    Emil van der Poorten Friday, 08 May 2015 11:29 AM

    One can certainly find fault with Prof. Dewasiri. For being so naive as to believe that Vaasideva Nanayakkara would subscribe to anything resembling the norms of democracy. What does he expect from a man who supports out and out Fascism? Ahimsa and decency?!

    ZIYARD Friday, 08 May 2015 11:30 AM

    vasudeva has become a real VATHADEWA,for him the suitable place is angoda not parliament....

    Manel Friday, 08 May 2015 11:39 AM

    This left wing leader should now be resting at home in retirement.

    Sam Sunday, 10 May 2015 01:41 AM

    He is one of the three stooges of Mahinda circle and the so called leftists living on the people.

    clifford Saturday, 09 May 2015 11:58 AM

    Vasu have no place to go

    NAK Sunday, 10 May 2015 07:56 AM

    Dewasiri should have known better how much the anger of the people against him and his politics. At least now he must realize that from this spontaneous attack. He is dragging Vasu in this controversy to divert attention

    Hussain Saturday, 09 May 2015 09:39 PM

    Vasu is going mad. Now those who do not understanding what they talk. vasu is a big thug in that group.

    Jagath Siriwardena Friday, 08 May 2015 01:24 PM

    Some mutual friends of comrade Vasu are of the view that he has been changed due to his true love with MARA.No!,Not at all.Our comrade has removed his dead skin.Jagath Siriwardena


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